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Shakhbout City Area Guide

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Shakhbout City, formerly known as Khalifa City B, is a major residential development in Abu Dhabi mainland, approximately 30km from the Abu Dhabi Island CBD, northeast of Mohammed Bin Zayed City and south of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Shakhbout City is anticipated to be home to approximately 80,000 residents, but the masterplan been designed to revitalise its existing neighbourhoods. The masterplan also incorporates the allocation of 323 additional UAE National housing plots, as well as a ‘district park’ in Shakhbout City’s business centre.

Plots for commercial buildings, government service centres and community facilities, such as nurseries, community centres and cultural associations, have also been planned.

Abdulla Al Sahi, acting executive director, planning and infrastructure, UPC, said: “Shakhbout City is a vital component of the UPC’s vision to create sustainable, attractive neighbourhoods for all Abu Dhabi residents. It’s strategically important because we envision it becoming a ‘feeder’ community for Zayed City, offering residents attractive employment and leisure opportunities within a short commute.

“The updated master plan makes provision for the kinds of facilities outlined in our Complete Sustainable Communities (CSC) initiative which guides our strategy for ensuring all residents of Abu Dhabi enjoy easy access to facilities that enhance their quality of life. Shakhbout City is an excellent example of the UPC’s approach to creating revitalisation plans for existing communities, in addition to plans for new communities, to ensure a balance of facilities across the Emirate.”

The masterplan has now been formally handed over to Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) for execution. The master transportation plan was finalised at the end of 2015.

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